Debbie Reynolds, famed film and TV actress and the mother of Carrie Fisher, died on Wednesday following a stroke. She was 84 years old.
“I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie,” Reynolds said hours before her stroke, son Todd Fisher shared with TMZ.
TMZ reported that Reynolds was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon after suffering a “medical emergency” at Todd Fisher’s Beverly Hills home. Reynolds and her son were reportedly discussing funeral plans for her daughter Carrie, who died just one day earlier, following a heart attack.
VIDEO: Carrie Fisher Presents Debbie Reynolds With
Lifetime Achievement Award at 2015 SAG Awards
Reynolds was a major Hollywood star in the 1950s and ’60s, starring in films such as Singin’ in the Rain (“Good Morning” clip embedded below), Tammy and the Bachelor and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (which earned her an Oscar nomination in 1964). She was also a chart-topping singer and a Tony-nominated stage actress.
On the small screen, Reynolds starred in NBC’s The Debbie Reynolds Show during the 1969-70 season, earning a Golden Globe nomination. She went on to play Grace’s outrageous mother Bobbi Adler on Will & Grace — scoring an Emmy nod in 2000 — and Liberace’s mother Frances in HBO’s acclaimed 2013 TV movie Behind the Candelabra. She also starred as witch “Aggie” Cormwell in Disney Channel’s Halloweentown TV movies in the late ’90s and early 2000s.
Debbie Reynolds with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in Singin’ in the Rain: